News: Ja Rule Feels Pain After B-Day Love, Punished For Unauthorized Interview
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 5:05PM
Incarcerated rapper Ja Rule has reportedly been punished for having some fun on his birthday last week, receiving a weeklong work detail for an unauthorized phone interview.
Details and confirmation of his punishment landed online Tuesday (March 6).
A representative from New York State's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told MTV News that Rule, who is serving a two-year sentence at Mid-State Correctional Facility for tax evasion and gun possession, had a disciplinary hearing Tuesday and it was determined that the rapper made an unauthorized phone call. His punishment: a seven-day work detail. (MTV)
The rapper's representative claims there may have been an ulterior motive behind the discipline.
Rule's publicist Melanie Bonvicino maintains that Rule has been a model prisoner. He has recently obtained his GED and started taking college courses two weeks ago. Bonvicino believes that it was another interview with the New York Daily News, in which Ja dished on his relationship with former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, that angered prison officials at Mid-State. (MTV)
Bonvicino has also reportedly taken responsiblity for Rule breaking the prison's policy.
The star's representative, Melanie Bonvicino, has since jumped to her client's defense, insisting she's the one to blame for setting up both chats, confessing the Always On Time hitmaker had "no prior knowledge" of the interviews and she orchestrated both as a birthday surprise. And now Bonvicino is asking officials for leniency so "model prisoner" Ja Rule doesn't have to pay for her mistake, reports the New York Daily News. (WYTV News)
In his radio interview, Rule spoke on hip-hop artists embracing R&B in their records.
"I love it," he said of melodic hip-hop music dominating the airwaves. "I love to hear the melodies in the records. Music is music. I think people get that twisted like, 'Nah, this is hip-hop, or this rock, or... R&B.' Hip-hop is the only one that can mesh with all of those sounds and make for good music. When I hear it in the music, I smile. I love to hear it. I love to listen to Drake, I love Kanye ... all of these artists that make good music. That's what it's all about. It's not just about putting on a breakbeat and rhyming over it anymore. That's where we all started, but things elevate and things change. I think I kinda was in that zone, I wouldn't say I was ahead of my time, because I sold plenty of records doing it." ("Ear Candy Mornings")
Check out a portion of Ja Rule's unauthorized interview below: